By Milena Glusac
Food being one of my favorite topics, I thought it appropriate I blog about what to eat and probably most importantly, NOT eat, prior to training and racing. Granted, this is insight coming from someone whose Facebook post this morning read, “A stop at Leucadia Donut Shoppe this morning before heading out for work and a day of tennis. Not a bad way to start the day.” I will put aside my glazed twist obsession for now and offer you unbiased nutrition tips.
Here are my top three nutrition tips during training and racing.
- Keep it simple- Your body needs time to digest and start to be able to use what you intake. When you're training and racing, your digestive system slows down because blood is being shunted to other areas of the body. Focus on easy to digest foods. That means pass on the T-bone and go for a half a bagel toasted with a little cream cheese instead. Good news for all you Vitalyte fans. The new Chia Surge Endurance Gel is the perfect go to fuel source prior to training. So easy to digest and an amazing source of fuel and nutrition, Chia Surge can be taken a half hour prior to training and also every 45 minutes during training.
- Follow the four hour rule- Your body will not like you so much if you decide to partake in a Denny’s Grand Slam and then head out for a training session. Eat protein meals no less than four hours prior to training. Leave the Moon’s Over My-hammy and eggs over easy for the days you need a little hangover help.
- Balance the blood sugar- Your body can’t perform if it is not properly fueled. During training and racing, you must keep your blood sugar balanced while giving your body fuel that it can utilize. What are your options other than some sugary soupy gu that makes your blood sugar rise and then crash, leaving you feeling lethargic? Vitalyte’s Chia Gel is the perfect option. The carbohydrate source that is in the gel provides you with a steady burning fuel source. Chia seeds offer a great source of fatty acids for optimal nutrition.
Good luck with your training and racing. Don’t forget to give Chia a chance and you can still have a bear claw...just leave it for after the 5k!